Boomkat Product Review:
For those who like exotica to induce tropical fevers and leave you scratching imaginary mosquito bites, Mike Cooper’s ‘Kiribati’ is an effortlessly enchanting elision of lapsteel guitar and heavily humid electronics from the master abstract storyteller and singular bluesman
Mike Cooper: ”In 1999 Kiribati was the first c.d.r on my Hipshot label which I began because no one else was issuing any of my music at the time. Now, even though some have since been re-issued on other labels, all six volumes are available on Room40 in one format or another.
My original sleeve notes for Kiribati read “The Republic Of Kiribati is an island nation state in the Pacific Ocean. During the summer of 1999 two atolls in the chain disappeared beneath the waves after storms. Although the palms are often 25 metres tall the islands themselves...are only 4 to 5 metres above sea level...global warming is a disaster.”
Can instrumental music be protest music? In my present situation (April 2020) in lockdown isolation during ‘the virus’ these compositions appear to me as protest even more so than when I first made them.”